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A Legal Regime for the Exploration and Exploitation of Offshore Renewable Energy

A Legal Regime for the Exploration and Exploitation of Offshore Renewable Energy Ocean Governance A Legal Regime for the Exploration and Exploitation of Offshore Renewable Energy Francesca Galea* IMO International Maritime Law Institute, Malta INTRODUCTION The New Testament says that one should not pour new wine into old skins because the skins will burst and the wine will be lost. New wine requires new skins. Similarly, I am convinced that it will be found impossible to adapt a law of the sea created three centuries ago to contemporary needs. The attempt must end in failure and will cause the collapse of what little remains of the present law of the sea. Radically changed circumstances require new law. The imperative and necessity to constructively and effi - ciently use rapidly advancing technology, and the growing needs of multi- plying populations for food, water, minerals and energy which only the sea can provide in suffi cient quantity, require a new legal order in the oceans and new methods of international cooperation. Almost four decades have passed since Arvid Pardo delivered his address on the future of the sea, yet his vision of a ‘new law’ in the light of evolving circum- stances is of signifi cant relevance to the present challenges faced by http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ocean Yearbook Online Brill

A Legal Regime for the Exploration and Exploitation of Offshore Renewable Energy

Ocean Yearbook Online , Volume 25 (1): 29 – Jan 1, 2011

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2211-6001
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10.1163/22116001-92500004
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Ocean Governance A Legal Regime for the Exploration and Exploitation of Offshore Renewable Energy Francesca Galea* IMO International Maritime Law Institute, Malta INTRODUCTION The New Testament says that one should not pour new wine into old skins because the skins will burst and the wine will be lost. New wine requires new skins. Similarly, I am convinced that it will be found impossible to adapt a law of the sea created three centuries ago to contemporary needs. The attempt must end in failure and will cause the collapse of what little remains of the present law of the sea. Radically changed circumstances require new law. The imperative and necessity to constructively and effi - ciently use rapidly advancing technology, and the growing needs of multi- plying populations for food, water, minerals and energy which only the sea can provide in suffi cient quantity, require a new legal order in the oceans and new methods of international cooperation. Almost four decades have passed since Arvid Pardo delivered his address on the future of the sea, yet his vision of a ‘new law’ in the light of evolving circum- stances is of signifi cant relevance to the present challenges faced by

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Published: Jan 1, 2011

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